London 1996: Alexander McQueen took over the Hawksmoor masterpiece Christ Church in Londons East End for what was quite possibly the greatest fashion show on Earth. A candle-lit, cruciform catwalk with a backdrop of stained-glass windows set the tone for an extraordinary collection. Lace sat against chiffon and rubbed shoulders with couture and club-culture clothing and digital print. Dante was the seminal collection that would resonate throughout Alexander McQueens career. This book features unique photographs shot behind the scenes, with raw, unseen pictures of the designer, models and clothes. The fashion creatives who worked with McQueen to make the show such a success recall this pivotal time in the designers career and reflect on what made Dante truly groundbreaking. Newly created imagery of clothes shown on the catwalk gives an insight into why this collection was so special.
Kent Baker lives in London and New York. He was championed by Terry Jones from i-D magazine, jump-starting collaborations with British Vogue, 10 Magazine and Russian Vogue. Melanie Rickey is a writer, editor and consultant. She writes for the Guardian and Grazia, and shares her expert fashion knowledge on her Fashion Editor at Large website.